OSHKOSH - An Oshkosh man and his fiancee have been ordered to stand trialfor allegedly killing an acquaintance for drugs.
Donald Martin and Samantha Rew are accused of the murder ofEmily Wayman, as well as armed robbery. Prosecutors say the twowere in a pact to kill Wayman while stealing oxycontin from her.Prosecutors say Martin beat Wayman with a hammer while Rewransacked Wayman's apartment looking for drugs.
Prosecutors say it happened in early April when Rew, Martin, andWayman drove to Milwaukee to get oxycontin. When they came back toWayman's apartment, they started to take the oxycontin. Authoritiessay that's when Rew hit Wayman with a hammer and strangled herwhile Rew searched the apartment for drugs. The prosecution saysRew and Martin's seven-month-old son was in the apartment at thetime.
In a hearing Thursday, Rew's attorney, Kevin Musolf, said she is"a witness to a crime, not a participant." He tried to showthe court Rew had tried to persuade Martin to not kill Wayman.
Winnebago County Assistant District Attorney Scott Ceman saysalthough it's not required by law to help someone being attacked,the evidence shows Rew should be tried.
"What's alleged is that Ms. Rew went beyond being just abystander and actively participated in searching for and stealingthe property of Ms. Wayman during the course of this attack," saidCeman.
Martin waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursdaymorning.
Both are due back in court May 3 to enter pleas to thecharges.
FOX 11's Ryan Dietz was in court and will have a complete reporttonight on FOX 11 News at Five.
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